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Cloud Gate to have free outdoor shows in Taipei and Changhua

Cloud Gate to have free outdoor shows in Taipei and Changhua

The time has come. Let's sit shoulder-to-shoulder and enjoy a breezy night out at the plaza for an outstanding dance piece presented by the world-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.
The dance is free and is for everyone.
Sponsored by Cathay Financial Holding Company for the last 15 years, the annual free outdoor performances by Cloud Gate will be staged at the Banciao Stadium in Taipei County today and at the Changhua Stadium on July 24.
The dance include excerpts from "Wild Cursive," "Cursive II," "Moon Water," "Whisper of Flowers," and "The Tale of the White Serpent."
White Serpent was once the most frequently staged dance after its debut in 1975.
But it has not been put on stage since the rehearsal room of Cloud Gate in Bali Township, Taipei County, was burnt down two years ago. The fire destroyed many props and costumes of its previous productions, including a set of modern sculpture made of rattan used at the White Serpent.
The sculpture, created by late master Yuyu Yang, has a symbolic meaning in the dance.
Lin Hwai-min, founder of Cloud Gate, said he is very grateful to share his beloved art with the society through open-air performances.
"Every year we are very excited to perform outdoors for the people who support us," he said in a press conference held Monday, "Without their support, Cloud Gate would never be able to continue dancing."
Performing outside, Lin said, has its challenges but it creates a special atmosphere for the audience. Before the dance starts, viewers come in groups and sit close to each other; during the intermission, they talk and bond with each other through the dance work. "It's just like the temple fairs in the old times," he added.
As much as 1.8 million people have watched Cloud Gate's open-air performances within the last 14 years. An average of 40,000 to 50,000 viewers is attracted to each outdoor performance.
As for the perished rattan, Lin said he found a skilled artisan Hsu Tien-fu in Yunlin County and worked with him for one year to produce the new rattan and the bamboo curtain. He expressed regret that the government does not put enough effort in cultivating artisans, resulting in a serious lack of talent in the cultural industry.
Cloud Gate dancers will also provide free stretch lessons at the two performing venues.


Updated : 2021-06-19 12:39 GMT+08:00